How Honda Inverter Generators Work

Honda inverter generators use advanced technology to produce alternating current, or AC, electricity that is as clean as AC from utility companies.

Regular Electric Generators

Honda inverter generators supply backup electricity for lifesaving medical equipment.Honda inverter generators supply backup electricity for lifesaving medical equipment.
They are smaller, quieter and more fuel efficient than their conventional predecessors.

Regular generators use copper coils rotating at 3600 revolutions per minute, or RPM, to generate AC electricity. The electric current can fluctuate which damages sensitive electronic equipment like computers.

Honda Inverter Generators

Inverter generators use a three-step process to produce electricity. Multiphase high voltage AC is produced by the generator. The AC is converted to direct current by a microprocessor. This DC is then converted back to AC by the inverter.

Inverter Advantages

A microprocessor monitors the engine speed to match the generator's need for AC. This makes the generators quieter and more fuel efficient. The microprocessor also smooths out any surges in the AC. This is better electricity for electronic components that would damaged by surges.

Inverter Disadvantages

Inverter generators cannot supply large wattage for uses such as whole house electric backup or construction site needs. Regular generators are better for that until inverter technology advances to provide this.

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William Brown started writing in 2008, covering financial services, government services, health-care reform issues and technology. He has obtained the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Series 6 and 63 licenses for variable contracts. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Virginia.